Police union chief dismisses G20 review

Police arrested more than 900 protesters during the G20 summit in Toronto. (Canadian Press)

By CBC News

The head of the Toronto Police union is calling an independent civilian review of G20 policing a "lame duck" inquiry because it has no legal power to effect changes in police operations.

The comments made by Mike McCormack come one day after Toronto Police Services Board, a civilian agency overseeing the police force, approved an independent review of police tactics during the G20 protests. The review is not a full-fledged public inquiry, which would be legally binding.

McCormack, the head of Toronto Police Association, said Wednesday a number of officers from police agencies across Canada were involved in policing the protests on June 26-27, but the review's findings can only be applied to Toronto police.